Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - Issue 199 (2018/34)


Dear Friends,

I’m now back from Rome and the Ad Limina visit (see below). It was an exhilarating time and very interesting. (Don’t forget to look out in this week’s Catholic Herald for the Diary I kept during the week!) I then went to Jersey yesterday for the Induction of the new parish priest, Canon Dominic Golding. Today and over the next days, please pray for your clergy, many of whom are attending an on-going formation conference in Southampton called "Personal Resilience in a Time of Ecclesial and Cultural Change.” It’s being led by Dr. Judith Champ of Oscott College and Fr. Gerald Fieldhouse Byrne of St. Luke’s Centre in Manchester. Meanwhile, may God bless you as we begin the month of October, and may the Blessed Mother pray for you during this month of the Rosary.




Back from the Ad Limina!

I’m now back from the Ad Limina. It was exhausting week but spiritually uplifting. You can read my diary of it in this week’s Catholic Herald, but for now, here’s a picture of me at St. John Lateran, in front of the Chair of Peter. We were staying at the Residenza Madre Pio, less than five minutes walk from Saint Peter’s and during the week, we had many meetings with the various Vatican departments such as the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, the Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Congregation of Bishops and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. I especially enjoyed meeting Cardinal Ravasi at the Pontifical Council for Culture. Our critical engagement with culture and its sectors (science, the arts, medicine, business etc) is crucial to the New Evangelisation. We met the magnificent Cardinal Sarah at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the impressive Cardinal Parolin at the Secretariat of State. But the highlights for me were the Masses we celebrated at the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul and the remarkable audience with the Holy Father in the Apostolic Palace. After a brief introduction, he allowed us to ask questions on whatever we wanted. I was impressed with Pope Francis’s deeply pastoral approach. He urged us as bishops to pray more and to teach more. ‘How many hours of prayer each day do you do?’ he asked us. He is also very humorous. Talking of the joy that should characterise clergy, he suggested that instead of having a cup of vinegar for breakfast, we should try caffe latte!



The Holy Guardian Angels

Today, Tuesday, 2nd October, we keep the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, a feast that has been kept in the universal Church since the sixteenth century. The Liturgy of the day has a splendid Collect, a good prayer to pray regularly:


O God, who in your unfathomable providence

are pleased to send your holy Angels to guard us,

hear our supplication as we cry to you,

that we may always be defended by their protection

and rejoice eternally in their company.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.


Over the last weeks, I’ve been offering a brief catechesis on angels and this week I’d like us to thank God for our Guardian Angels. Here is a prayer to your Guardian Angel that I was taught at school:


O Angel of God, my guardian dear 

To whom God’s love commits me here, 

Ever this day be at my side 

To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen


Finally, there is an extract from a splendid sermon of St. Bernard of Clairvaux in today’s Office of Readings. You can read it here.



October - the month of the Holy Rosary

October is the month of the Rosary and the Holy Father has invited us this year to pray the Rosary every day during this entire Marian month. He wants us to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other. He asks us to conclude the recitation of the Rosary with the ancient invocation Sub Tuum Praesidium. The Russian mystics and the great saints of all the traditions advised, in moments of spiritual turbulence, to shelter beneath the mantle of the Holy Mother of God pronouncing this invocation. May the Holy Mother of God place the Church beneath her protective mantle. Pope Francis has also asked us after the Rosary to add the prayer to Saint Michael Archangel that he protect and help us in the struggle against evil (cf. Rev 12, 7-12). This latter prayer, written by Pope Leo XIII, is, Pope Francis, says the weapon against the Great Accuser who “goes around the world seeking to accuse”.


For both these prayers, see here.



"What God Has Joined" - Scott Hahn on 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this Sunday’s Gospel the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question.The “lawfulness” of divorce in Israel was never an issue. Moses had long ago allowed it. But Jesus points His enemies back before Moses, to “the beginning,” interpreting the text we hear in the First Reading. Divorce violates the order of creation, He says. Moses permitted it only as a concession to the people’s “hardness of heart”—their inability to live by God’s covenant Law. But Jesus comes to fulfil the Law, to reveal its true meaning and purpose, and to give people the grace to keep God’s commands. Marriage, He reveals, is a sacrament, a divine, life-giving sign. Through the union of husband and wife, God intended to bestow His blessings on the human family—making it fruitful, multiplying it until it filled the earth. That’s why Sunday’s Gospel moves so easily from a debate about marriage to Jesus’ blessing of children. Children are blessings the Father bestows on couples who walk in His ways, as we sing in the Psalm.Marriage also is a sign of God’s new covenant.

Read Scott Hahn's complete reflection for this coming Sunday here.   



Jennifer Geach reflects on Holiness

I wrote last week of collective amnesia: and one of the things that it seems to me that we have forgotten is that we are called to be holy.  Our dear Lord set the bar very high ‘Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.’  This stark command comes just after Jesus has been teaching that the standards of his followers must differ from those of the pagans, tax collectors and sinners: the love and interest that such men feel for their friends, from whom they expect reciprocity, is to be extended by Christ’s followers to all men, expecting no return.  We Christians are the salt of the earth: but if salt loses its savour, what is it good for? Only to be thrown out and trodden underfoot. What is our savour?  Well, it is to be like our Saviour: to be the ikon of God that we alone can be.  Each of us is made to be a particular image of God: if we fail to be that image, then that image is lost, for no one can be the image of God we are meant to be except us.  That means that each one of us is called to perfection and holiness; is called to love God with all our heart, with all our mind and all our strength.  There is no wriggle room in the command of the Torah: there is no wriggle room in Christ’s call.  We must be salty, or we shall be thrown out to be trodden underfoot.


Read the full reflection here



Praise to the holiest

The eighth in our series of Top Ten classic Catholic hymns has to go to Praise to the holiest in the height, written by none other than Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890). This hymn, with its rich and deep theology recalling the history of our salvation in Christ, is in fact extracted from his 1865 composition, the Dream of Gerontius. The Dream describes the journey of a soul after death from leaving the body to its reception in Purgatory. Various hymns are introduced throughout the poem, and this one is given as being sung by the Fifth Choir of Angelicals as the soul is conducted into the presence of Christ Emmanuel before going forward into Purgatory. The hymn has six verses but the first is repeated at the end, thus making seven in all. I was pleased to have this hymn sung at my episcopal ordination in the Cathedral here on 24th September 2012. The tune used in this recording is the well-known one called “Billing” – click on the picture to hear it – and is one of several that are used with this hymn. It was composed by Richard Terry, one-time organist and music-master at Downside, who in 1901 became organist and director of the choir at Westminster Cathedral.



Join us for the Wednesday Webinar this Wednesday 7 - 8pm

The family: God’s plan for humanity (Mark 10:2-16) 
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

St Mark presents Jesus’ definitive teaching on marriage and children in a way that seems to contradict the provisions made by Moses for divorce. Why is Jesus imposing a rule that is seemingly impossible to keep? Because he makes marriage between a man and a woman a sacrament: a sign of God’s love and a cause of grace, poured out for humanity from his side pierced on the cross. Jesus gives us the ability to do what he commands, provided we keep ourselves united to him. He is the bridegroom of his one bride, the Church, bound to him forever in faith and charity.


We’ll reflect on:

Faith: How is marriage part of God’s plan for humanity?

Hope: Is it reasonable to get married and hope it will work?   
Love: How can marriage be an icon of God’s love for his Church?  


Sign up for the webinar here or catch up via the recording if you are unable to join us.  



Family Life Conference

Fr Stan Gibinski has organised a special day of talks and workshops to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. A celebration of Family Life on the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae: "The Church’s Solution to the Sexual Revolution” takes place on Saturday 6th October at Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi Parish in Earley, Reading. The day starts at 9am and finishes with Holy Mass at 3.30pm. 


There is a website where you can find the full programme of the event, short biographies of speakers, etc. Click on the image for a poster.


The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships. The fulfilment of this duty has always posed problems to the conscience of married people, but the recent course of human society and the concomitant changes have provoked new questions. The Church cannot ignore these questions, for they concern matters intimately connected with the life and happiness of human beings. (Humanae Vitae)



Rosary under the Cross is this Sunday

In recent weeks our Church has been in a state of Crisis. Bishop John Keenan calls all Catholics in the United Kingdom to participate in an act of reparation for the sins against faith, life and love by taking part in Rosary under the Cross on Sunday 7th October at 3pm. There are a few parishes in the diocese already signed up for this event - Aldershot, Basingstoke, Bitterne, Bracknell, Fareham, Fleet, Park Gate, Southampton, Ventnor and Wokingham. There's still time to sign up your parish to take part at: www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk


Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. Merciful Father we pray for all victims of sexual abuse & abuse of all kinds and ask you Merciful Father to ask Our Lady as Mother of Divine Mercy to come to their aid and care. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.



Diocesan Day for Readers

Following the success of our first Diocesan Day for Readers back in June, a further day has been organised at St Patrick’s Church, Manor Road, Hayling Island PO11 0QU. It’s this Saturday 6th October from 10am-3pm. The day will again be led by the Dominican Sisters. The day is for anyone who reads at Mass or for anyone who would like to read at Mass.


Attendance can only be made by booking in advance. To secure your place please contact Hayling Parish Office on: 023 9246 3854 or e-mail. 


Meanwhile, to see a short video message from Bishop Barron about his new series of videos on the Mass, click on the photo. Bishop Barron was, of course, the key note speaker at Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool a few weeks ago.



Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence is making a lot of waves recently. Yet how do we define what we mean by AI? Does AI help or hinder us in our daily lives? What is the role of the government? Indeed,  is regulation and legislation even possible? This is just one of the workshops in our big diocesan Symposium. The Symposium, called “Science - or - Religion?” takes place on Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10 am – 4 pm in The Discovery Centre in Winchester (opposite St. Peter’s church). There are two keynote speakers: Professor Alister McGrath, professor of Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and Dr. Andrew Pinsent from the Oxford University Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. They will be tackling from varying perspectives the issue of whether recent research on the universe suggests the existence of a Creator.


We’ve also got a great line-up of other speakers who will be running optional workshops depending on your interests. You can choose two from the following six options:


•   Christianity and Extra Terrestrial Life (Bernard Barrett, theologian)

•   The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (Professor Maria Burke, Winchester University)

•   Quantum Physics and the Quantum Physicist (Dr. Vincenzo Tamma, University of

•   Is Consciousness immortal? (Dr. Andrew Beards, Academic Director, School of the
     Annunciation, Buckfast)

•   In the light of evolutionary psychology, can humans have free will? (Dr. Rebecca Page-
    Tickell, Hampshire Business School)

•   In the light of current medical advances, could people live forever? (Dr. John Ochai,
    St Mary’s Hospital, Ryde). 


Click on the picture above for details of the day and for bookings.



Walsingham Festival 2018

You may remember that over the August Bank Holiday weekend I was in Walsingham for the Y2K summer festival. A participant said this: What a weekend! Forgiven, healed, set free, filled with the Holy Spirit, all over 5 glorious days in a muddy field in Walsingham. God is good! Thanks to the hard work of an amazing team the festival was full in every sense of the word, with loads of awesome workshops, inspiring men’s and women’s sessions, cracking open mic nights, the new cafe sessions, excellent coffee, a whole family of new friends and the non-stop confessions and adoration that is the heartbeat of all of this. It was a great gathering with lots of youngsters from all over – and I’d recommend it to anyone 18-35 and to families with youngsters.


For a quick video round-up of the conference, click on the picture: it gives you a sense of the electric atmosphere! You can hear some of the talks here. Y2K says: We step out in faith every time to run our events and for many years have been committed to running our events on a "donation only basis" this means that everyone has the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ. We know from our surveys that many young people meet Our Lord for the first time at our events and still more are helped further along their journey of faith, Read Their Stories here . Thanks to the generosity of so many people, this year we are only £9000 short. If you can financially support our work please Click Here and help us to pay off the festival! 



Conflict in the Southern Cameroons

Saturday 22nd September 2018 marked exactly 2 years since the people of the former British Southern Cameroon came out on the streets with branches and other greenery in a peaceful protest. Their one and only cry was a call to be treated with respect and dignity by the Yaoundé regime of President Paul Biya. The government, however, unleashed the military on them. Many were killed, women, children and others, especially university students molested and many young girls raped. It was an horrific crackdown.


Today, two years later, there are now local self-defence militias who argue that they have taken up arms to defend themselves and their communities from the government and its army. Over the past few months, the situation has escalated with targeted and extra-judicial killings orchestrated by the military. There are also reports of kidnaps and disappearances of people seen as sell-outs by locally armed vigilantes. An estimated 2000 people have lost their lives and over 170 villages burnt down by government forces. Amnesty International’s September 2018 report on the crisis says over 400 people have been killed this year alone. Besides that, there are over 50,000 internally displaced and more than 150,000 refugees in neighbouring Nigeria.


Read the full article here.



The Faith of Bl. Pier Giorgio

Recently, Wanda Gawronska, the niece of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, gave me a draft English translation of a book written by her mother in Italian called My Brother Pier Giorgio: His Faith. It contains dozens and dozens of testimonies and personal memories of Pier Giorgio by those who met him or were friends who knew him. They give us a unique insight into his attractive, lively and spiritual personality. Luciana has written another book called My Brother Pier Giorgio: His Charity - not yet translated into English - which speaks about his love for the poor and his work with the various SVP societies to which he belonged. But this one concentrates on his faith and love for Jesus in the Eucharist. I thought I’d give you over the next few weeks a few extracts from it. Today, we have an insight into Pier Giorgio’s love for praying in the mountains on the various climbing and skiing expeditions he organised. It’s from from his best friend Marco Beltramo. He is the person sat on the right of Pier Giorgio in the photo above. They’re obviously having a bit of a party. Pier Giorgio, mischievously holding a bottle, has amusingly made a paper copy of his university cap. Read here.



Alpha in Avon Stour

Recently 100 people, all at different stages of their own personal faith journey, have started doing Alpha in Avon Stour Pastoral Area – sharing meals, meeting new people, getting to know each other, learning and talking together about Jesus for the next 10 weeks.  About 60 are meeting at St Joseph’s church in Christchurch, while 40 others are meeting in people’s homes in Southbourne and Ringwood.


In November we will all gather together as one big group for our ‘AwayDay’, focused on the Holy Spirit. Please pray for all those involved: guests, group leaders/helpers, catering teams, welcomers, organisers and admin support team. Come, Holy Spirit!



Annual Mass for the Knights of St Gregory 

On Wednesday 19th September we welcomed Bishop Crispian back to the diocese to celebrate of the 26th Annual Mass for the Papal Knights and Dames of the Order of St Gregory the Great and St Sylvester in St John's Cathedral.

Bishop Crispian welcomed Knights and Dames from the Dioceses of Portsmouth, Arundel and Brighton, Leeds, Southwark and Westminster and their families and friends. Bishop Crispian concelebrated an inspiring and uplifting Mass along with Monsignor Thomas McGrath, Father P.J. Smith and Father Ansel D'Mello. He reminded the Order that the Papal honour was conferred on them for their commitment and commission to the Gospel in their work and he asked them to continue to witness to the Gospel in their lives and to pray for Pope Francis and the Church at this difficult time.


You can see some photos and read Bishop Crispian's homily here.



Portsmouth Catechists in Rome

Sr Carino, OP reports on the recent experience of a group of Portsmouth Catechists in Rome...


From 20th-23rd September a group of nine members of Portsmouth Diocese, consisting of catechists and members of the Formation for Mission team, attended the second International Congress for Catechesis organised by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation. The Congress was based around the theme of ‘The Catechist: Witness to Mystery’ and brought together approximately 1500 catechists from across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The Congress explored the fundamental meaning of catechesis and the vocation of the catechist, together with the essential content of the Christian mysteries, in a way that made it of great relevance to catechists of all kinds. At the same time, an emerging focus on mystagogia made it of particular interest to RCIA catechists and adult formators.


Read the full report here.




Canon Dominic the new Dean of Jersey

Just back from Rome, I went to Jersey last night for a special Mass in which Canon Dominic was inducted as the new Catholic Dean and parish priest of Jersey. The church was packed with parishioners and friends, and there were many ecumenical and civic guests too, including the Anglican Dean and the Lieutenant Governor and his wife, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton and Lady Anne Dalton. In a sign of the excellent relations with the Islamic community, Dr. Sarfraz and Mrs Jamali attended too on the front row. The Mass was followed by a reception in the parish hall. Canon Dominic has a hard act to follow after Mgr. Nicholas France OBE, and before him Canon David Mahy, who did so much to make Jersey not only the largest parish in the Diocese but one of the liveliest. The decorators are in the house at the moment and there are still many unopened boxes. Zeta, the Canon’s young black Labrador, after her early years of childhood here in Portsmouth, now seems to be taking well to the beaches of St. Helier! Please pray for Canon Dominic as he settles in. Pray also of Fr. Ross Bullock, the new assistant priest, clearly already at home, and for Fr. Benjamin Theobald, the other assistant priest who, along with the erstwhile Deacons of the parish, is ensuring a bit of continuity during this time of transition.



Local Heroes Award for Aldershot Headteacher

Bill James, Executive Principal at St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy in Aldershot has recently won the Teaching Award at Eagle Radio's Local Heroes in acknowledgement of a live-saving act he carried out last year for one of the pupils. This award is given to an individual who not only teaches the curriculum but really cares for their students and helps them way beyond the classroom. Perhaps they have spent time helping pupils overcome anxieties, tutoring them during exam time or have inspired them to reach their full potential.


The nomination said: "An Aldershot headteacher has been hailed a hero after giving life-saving CPR to one of his pupils. Bill James from St Joseph's Primary School leapt into action after a pupil had collapsed in class. The 4-year-old suffered a febrile convulsion and a member of staff ran into the reception area carrying her. Helped by members of staff who had recently attended a first aid course together, Bill realised the girl's heart had stopped and began to give her chest compressions and rescue breaths for two minutes before she started to breathe for herself."


Click on the photo for more.



Faithful service of Oaklands School

Karen Hulme was awarded a Diocesan Medal at the end of last term in recognition of her long and faithful service to the community of Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville. Karen began her teaching vocation at Oaklands in 1975 and was soon offered a permanent teaching post by Sister Catherine, the then Headteacher. Karen was a Science teacher and latterly she was Head of Careers and an Assistant Head of Year.  Karen was a dedicated professional who even today, as a member of the parish of The Sacred Heart and St Peter the Apostle, delights in reacquainting herself with former students and their families who held her in such high regard when they were taught by her. After her early retirement in 1997 for health reasons, Karen became a Governor at Oaklands in 2001. Karen’s belief in the personal dignity and rights of all vulnerable people towards whom Catholic Schools have a special responsibility resonated with the position of Safeguarding Governor, a role she held for many years.  She played a pivotal role in overseeing the implementation of a number of key recommendations, ensuring that the Governing Body met its statutory responsibilities.  Karen was also the link Governor to PE, PDC and Careers.  Her commitment to this voluntary role was outstanding.  


Read the full story here.



Bishop Philip's Engagements          

Monday 1st October

Induction of Canon Dominic Golding as Dean of Jersey


Tuesday 2nd – Thursday 4th October 

Clergy Retreat, Southampton


Friday 5th October 

Meeting with Vocations Director, Bishop’s House

Meeting with Head of Communications, Bishop’s House


Saturday 6th October 

PCP Award Ceremony, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th October 

Parish Visitation: Hartley Wintney and Yateley


Tuesday 9th October

Council of Priests meeting, Bishop’s House


Thursday 11th October 

Chapter of Canons meeting, Bishop’s House

Vicars General meeting, Bishop’s House


Friday 12th October 

Mass and lunch with Safeguarding representatives, Winchester


Saturday 13th October 

Mass to celebrate 150th anniversary of St Edward’s Church, Windsor
Religious Visitation: Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy, Windsor



Diocesan Prayer Intentions

Each day of the year the liturgical calendar gives us a variety of seasons and celebrations of saints. These are outlined in the Diocesan Ordo along with a daily prayer for a diocesan intention. I would like to encourage you to add these intentions to your daily prayers.                 

Sunday 30th September


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Michael, Tadley;

Community of St Michael, Hythe


Monday 1st October

St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Religious, Doctor of the Church, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Sacred Heart & St Thérèse of Lisieux, Ringwood


Tuesday 2nd October

The Holy Guardian Angels, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Theresa of the Child Jesus, Totton


Wednesday 3rd October

Feria [26th Week in Ordinary Time] 

Diocesan Prayer: All Franciscan Sisters in the Diocese

[of St Mary of the Angels, of the Divine Motherhood, Missionaries of Mary] 


Thursday 4th October

St Francis of Assisi, Founder, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Holy Ghost, Crowthorne (dedicated 4.10.1987);

Parish of St Francis of Assisi, Milford-on-Sea


Friday 5th October

Feria [26th Week in Ordinary Time] ‘Autumn Fast Day’

National Prayer Cycle: The needy and hungry of the world

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Bernard, Holbury (dedicated 5.10.1984)


Saturday 6th October

St Bruno, Founder, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [26th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes & St Dominic Savio, Farnborough

(dedicated 7.10.1987) 


Sunday 7th October


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, North Hinksey


Monday 8th October

Feria [27th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Confraternity of the Rosary


Tuesday 9th October

Blessed John Henry Newman, Religious, optional memorial

or: St Denis, Bishop, & Companions, Martyrs, optional memorial

or: St John Leonardi, Founder, optional memorial

or: Feria [27th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: The Grail Community in the Diocese 


Wednesday 10th October

St Paulinus of York, Bishop, optional memorial

or: Feria[27th Week in Ordinary Time]


Thursday 11th October

St John XXIII, Pope, optional memorial

or: Feria [27th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish Lay Administrators and Secretaries in the Diocese


Friday 12th October

Feria [27th Week in Ordinary Time]

[Parishes in Pastoral Areas of Portsmouth, Solent, Havant & Isle of Wight, also Bishop’s Waltham: St Wilfrid, Bishop, memorial.]

Diocesan Prayer: Abbeys of St Michael, Farnborough (consecrated 12.10.1908), St Cecilia, Ryde (consecrated 12.10.1907) & St Mary, Quarr (consecrated 12.10.1912)

Jubilee: Fr Joseph McNerney (ordained 12.10.1993)


Saturday 13th October

St Edward the Confessor, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [27th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Our Lady & St Wilfrid, Ventnor

(former church consecrated 13.10.1872, reconsecrated 24.5.1972)


Sunday 14th October


National Prayer Cycle: Prisoners and their families and all in the Prison Service

(Prisoners’ Week 14th – 20th October)

Diocesan Prayer: Prison Chaplains in the Diocese 


Forthcoming Events              

Saturday 6th October

A celebration of Family Life on the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae:

"The Church’s Solution to the Sexual Revolution” 

Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi, Earley, Reading

Read more


Saturday 6th October

Diocesan Day for Readers

St Patrick's, Hayling Island

Read more


Saturday 6th October

National Mass for Altar Servers

Westminster Cathedral

Read more


Thursday 11th October

RAF 100 Commemoration Mass

The Church of the Immaculate Conception,

114 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH

Read more


Saturday 13th October

A Day with Mary

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

Read more


Saturday 13th October

Annual Day for Altar Servers

Christ the King, Reading

Read more


Saturday 20th October

Diocesan Day for Catechists

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

Read more


18th—22nd October

Catholic School Leaders’ Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Read more


Saturday 27th October 

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent School

Read more  


Saturday 3rd November 

Science - or - Religion: A Symposium

Winchester Discovery Centre

Read more


Monday 5th November

Winchester Catholic History Group

St Philip Neri - Apostle of Rome

Read more


Monday 5th - Friday 9th November

Year 6 Experience Days and Interviews
Our Lady's Abingdon

Read more


Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th November

Be still and know - Franciscan Retreat

Park Place Pastoral Centre, Wickham

Read more 


Sunday 25th November

Youth Sunday with Bishop Philip

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

Read more 



Job Vacancies

HMP Winchester: Roman Catholic Priest, Deacon, Religious or Lay Chaplain 


Minimum Salary: £26,438 - £29,760 pro rata - Permanent part-time post (25 hours)


This role is for 25 hours for an Ordained Priest, if not Ordained then the role will be fewer hours to allow for an Ordained Priest to celebrate Mass.


Overview of the job

This is a Chaplaincy job in an establishment which provides pastoral and faith specific care to prisoners and staff.



The job holder will provide for the religious care of prisoners and staff in the Roman Catholic faith tradition including (for ordained priests) sacramental provision, and appropriate pastoral care for all irrespective of faith or tradition. The job holder will work with colleagues to ensure the delivery of the specification “Faith and Pastoral Care”, and also the broader work of chaplaincy in delivering faith and non faith based courses. Will contribute to the process by which the Governor and Head of Chaplaincy/Profession at HQ are assured that the specification is being delivered. The job holder will engage with, and build contacts with their own faith community towards aiding the resettlement of offenders.

Closing date: Monday 15th October (23:55)
More information here.


Please pray for..

All affected by sexual, domestic and emotional abuse.


All killed and injured in recent natural disasters and for all who try to help them.


Peace in the world and for those who govern the nations that they may do so wisely and justly; for Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda, for an end to the troubles there.


Vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church, especially to the Sacred Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life. 

All our students currently in formation for ordination and those responsible for their formation in the various seminaries in which they are based.

All clergy who have recently moved to new parishes and for their new parishioners and those they have left behind.


The work of the New Evangelisation across the diocese that we may all play our part in bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.


The repose of the souls of all who have died recently, for all those killed through acts of warfare, violence, terrorism and natural disaster, for all departed clergy and people of the diocese and for all the Faithful Departed. Requiescant in pace.


The Unity of all Christians in doctrine, life and worship.

The Canonisation of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of our Youth.

The work of all Evangelisation Strategy Teams across our Diocese and the Holy Spirit's guidance on the formation of the new Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Those entering the "Called and Gifted" process and for the work of the Called & Gifted Team. That all the faithful of the Diocese that they may share their time and talents for the good of the Church and discern how God is calling them in a particular way to be more intentional disciples.   

The work of our Marriage and Family Life Team.

All the sick clergy and people in our Diocese who are in need of our prayers.

All those suffering in the world through hunger, disease, persecution and natural disaster, for all refugees and victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The work of the Apostleship of the Sea, Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth, Caritas Jersey, CAFOD and those with whom they work.


That all we do in the diocese may bring people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. 



Please share your good news with us

I would like to encourage all readers to send in items for the e-News about events in parishes, pastoral areas and schools about the many sacramental celebrations and general good news about people in the diocese.


I often hear much Good News from many people - do share it with us so we can share it with others in the diocese.


Thanks, of course, to all who already contribute articles for the e-News on an occasional or regular basis.


Please e-mail all news items by Friday for consideration for the following week's issue to: executiveassistant@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk 


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With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers,
In Corde Iesu


Bishop of Portsmouth


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